That picture contains some of the most beautiful bike components of all time!! These builds just got even hotter
Yeah those are some stunning parts for sure, looked amazing when I put them on the bikes to try the angles.
Will be a perfect match for the Spark, with the white/red theme and matching Schmolke seat post (even if that one is in 1K). The original plan was to go matte/sanded for the Scale but not sure now since the Schmolke bars are so shiny even though they're not clear coated, so might actually leave it gloss even if it doesn't match the bike really.
Mattias has already started working bonding them together, super professional guy. Right away he 3D-printed some tooling just to make sure there will be a nice clean line/edge between the bonded area and the rest of the bars. Hopefully I can show you some pictures from the process.
From what I understood the stems will have some material removed at the front, then the bars will be tied on with carbon thread (not sure of the right word here), then there will be layers of Textreme and probably 3k on top.
Goal is about 180g per combo.
Good to see your update after a long waiting. How would you compare this MCFK stem with Wren lightweight alloy stem? Their weights are similar but MCFK is almost 5 times more expensive (of course it is carbon).
Thanks man! I actually rode something similar on my old Scale, a cheap Procraft stem. It's hard to talk objectively about stiffness etc, but at least the MCFK had the best stiffness-to-weight ratio of all the stems that Fairwheel Bikes had in their test. And although everything can fail, I actually trust the MCFK more, even though I have no real proof of why haha.
Is it worth 5 times more money? For most, it's probably better to spend that moeny on other parts like nicer rims etc. But if you got a really nice bike already and don't mind too much about the price, I think these are the nicest stems out there. Extralite comes close, but they got no -17 and these are stiffer too.